Islands cannot cope with tourist invasion
Sir, It is with a heavy heart that I have witnessed events of the past few weeks pertaining to the Scottish Government and its bedfellow CalMac.
The service was initially set up by David McBrayne as a social lifeline for the benefit of residents on the Hebridean islands. That is no longer the case.
An onslaught has recently taken place with an invasion of vehicles and visitors onto our already poor quality roads.
Islanders who were hoping that work would have been completed by now to create two-lane roads have been badly let down. This latest invasion by outsiders has been prompted with funding that should have gone to improving all roads from the Butt to Barra. The invaders restrict our movements. For example, many, especially delivery drivers and such, are much later in getting home at night due to the amount of vehicles and the time spent in passing places.
This is totally wrong and abhorrent to the genuine islanders suffering this intrusion into their daily movements. This needs to be corrected, and quickly.
Incidentally, there is no need for any extra boats. What is needed are boats that actually sail, and give the proper and the instituted service to islanders.
I am ashamed of our leaders and how they have betrayed us. Aonghas Eoghainn Mhoir, Gearraidh Na Monadh, Uibhist a Deas.